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Dictionary Definition



1 a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else [syn: quotation mark, inverted comma]
2 a passage or expression that is quoted or cited [syn: quotation, citation]


1 repeat a passage from; "He quoted the Bible to her" [syn: cite]
2 name the price of; "quote prices for cars"
3 refer to for illustration or proof; "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior" [syn: cite]
4 put quote marks around; "Here the author is quoting his colleague"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Quote



  • /kwəʊt/


  1. To refer to a statement that has been made by someone else.
  2. To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.
  3. In the context of "Commerce": To name the current price of.


to refer to a statement that has been made by someone else
  • Czech: citovat
  • French: citer
  • Polish: cytować
to name the current price of a financial security
  • Czech: kótovat, kotovat


  1. A statement attributed to someone else.
  2. A quotation mark.
  3. A summary of work to be done with a set price.
  4. A quotation.

Usage notes

In technically accurate English, "quote" is not a noun—it is a verb. For meanings 1, 3, 4 above use "quotation"; for 2 use "quotation mark". "Quote" has seen common use for well over a hundred years, however, so if you misuse it you are still likely to be understood and are unlikely to be corrected except in a highly formal or academic context.


a statement attributed to someone else
  • Polish: cytat
a quotation mark
  • Polish: cudzysłów
a summary of work to be done with a set price
a quotation
  • Polish: cytat

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  1. Plural of quota

Extensive Definition

Quote can refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

affirm, allege, assert, asseverate, aver, bring in, bring up, call to mind, call up, cite, cite a particular, come again, copy, declare, demonstrate, ditto, do a repeat, do again, do over, document, double, duplicate, echo, example, excerpt, exemplify, extract, give a for-instance, illustrate, imitate, instance, itemize, mention, name, nuncupate, parrot, particularize, plagiarize, proclaim, quotation, recite, redo, redouble, reduplicate, reecho, refer to, reference, regurgitate, reincarnate, relate, renew, repeat, reproduce, retell, revive, say again, state
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